RCO meets Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s tour of all the EU member states, continues in Vienna with Semyon Bychkov. The orchestra is performing the overture to Weber’s fairy-tale opera Oberon side by side with young musicians from Slovakia.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is hesitantly set in motion by a solo trumpet, whence an epic emotional journey along high peaks and deep valleys unfolds. The work’s beating heart is the fourth movement, the Adagietto, Mahler’s declaration of love to Alma Schindler, which has since taken on a life of its own, thanks in part to the film Death in Venice.
Mozart, too, wrote works whose slow movements in particular were sometimes exceedingly popular. Following the premiere of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, the audience called for a repeat performance of the Andante, an occurrence which Mozart’s father Leopold found ‘most unusual’. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing this concerto with soloist Emanuel Ax, one of the most eminent Mozart interpreters of our time.